It’s been ages since I’ve done a skincare post (this is definitely going to change going forwards!) so I thought instead of doing an updated full routine, I would just clue you in on new products I’ve been testing these past few months but haven’t posted proper reviews on. For reference, I have combination skin prone to dullness and dehydration.
Adored by bloggers and YouTubers, I had a Look Fantastic voucher so decided it was time to finally see what all the hype was about (it is also available on Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay and from Space NK). Whilst ‘disappointed’ may be a bit strong, I really didn’t find this as life-changing as I’d hoped. To state the obvious it’s a gel cleanser which emulsifies on slightly damp or just-washed skin. You have two options here: use it as your morning cleanser on bare skin or use it to remove makeup at the end of the day. I have tried it for removing makeup however I found it a bit irritating on the eyes and not as effective at removal as say, the Body Shop Camomile Cleansing Oil or Balm (which are both really gentle on the eyes). Therefore the past few weeks I’ve switched to using it as a morning cleanser. I like it well enough as my skin feels nice and soft after using it. I do also like the clean, easy pump dispenser, though the opaque packaging may make it hard to see how much you have left when you're getting towards the bottom of the bottle.
It has a bit of a brightening and plumping effect but not anything particularly impressive. I like the very light fragrance and it feels nice on the skin but it’s not changing my life any time soon. All in all I’ll use it until it’s done and I don’t dislike it but I won’t be rushing out to re-purchase it at £28 a go.
The key ingredients here are Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Starflower Oil.
Maybe not strictly high-end but more expensive than I'd usually pay for this kind of product. This is such a cult product however I really was unsure what it actually is or what it’s supposed to do! ASOS did one of their legendary 20% off everything events so I took the opportunity to snap this up (you can also get it on Cult Beauty, from their flagship store on Carnaby Street in London or Liberty's). It is essentially part toner, part chemical exfoliator. This means it’s gentle enough to use twice a day as you would a normal toner and for me personally at this time of year it’s completely removed the need to use an abrasive face scrub.
It makes a subtle but impressive difference to the quality of my skin. It looks and feels healthier, I feel as though it evens out my skin tone and gets rid of a lot of the dullness I suffer from. I’m sure other people don’t notice but I definitely feel my skin has been given a vibrancy it was missing before. I also have found my pores have been slightly refined since introducing this product into my routine. There is a gorgeous fragrance produced not through irritating perfumes but through it’s natural ingredients (though you may still want to check that none of these will irritate you personally).
The main ingredients are Ginseng, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Glycolic Acid.
Another one purchased with my Look Fantastic voucher (also available from Feel Unique, Beauty Bay and Selfridges) and a product I felt was much more worth the hype! As you can probably see, I'm slightly addicted to this product (I rarely use any of my other face masks these days) and I've actually already ordered a back-up.
If you dislike the stiff, drying feel of a clay mask then this could very well be your perfect alternative. It comes out in a very honey-like consistency and instead of sitting on top of the skin when you leave it on for 15 minutes, it semi sinks in.
I've never come across a product that treats both of my very different but very annoying skin concerns: blemishes and dehydration. However this somehow does both. It moisturises and cleanses, keeping my skin both nourished and clear. I find it so balancing and I use this every other day. This product really has done wonders for my skin and it's something I will be re-purchasing over and over again. Though I really like the packaging it's hard to tell how much is left and to get out every single last drop.
Ingredients include Manuka Honey, Vitamin E and Mandarin Oil.
I had £10 of Debenhams Beauty Card points and they did a 10% off so I begrudgingly placed an order for this apparent wonder-oil (I've had endless issues with them online before). As I've mentioned before, I suffer from dullness and a lack of vibrancy in my skin so I was hoping this would help with that. Let me tell you; it didn't disappoint!
I simply spread a couple of drops across my face before bed 3-5 nights a week and when I wake up in the morning my lacklustre skin looks and feels so much more alive. It really helps to plump out any dehydration lines (whilst I realise they're not 'wrinkles', it's annoying to have them at 22!) and adds some much-needed glow to my skin. The results really are miraculous and come about literally overnight! I had been a little apprehensive about using an oil on my combination skin however this sinks in without a trace whilst a sleep. Although I wouldn't say it especially improves the appearance of my breakouts, it certainly didn't aggravate them as I feared. It gives my skin a real boost and if you think yours needs a serious moisture injection, definitely try this out.
The ingredients are purportedly 99% natural and include Lavender and Evening Primrose Oil.
The 1 Minute Facial is such a great product for busy women as you can massage it on, brush your teeth and by the time you're done it's ready to come off again. In the mornings I simply don't have time to mess around with putting on masks for 15 minutes so this is perfect. It comes out as a sort of gel/paste with tiny exfoliating pieces in it. Once I rinse it away there's an instant improvement in the look of my skin. It looks healthier, more vibrant and glowing. It's almost as though a fresh new layer of skin has been revealed.
The Glycolactic Radiance Renewal is a very fruity-smelling but natural formula. It has a smooth marmalade-like consistency and you simply smooth this over your skin, leave for 15 minutes and rinse. REN do say this isn't suitable for very sensitive skin and that you may experience tingling when using this mask. Personally, I didn't experience any sensations. When rinsed off it has a similar effect to the 1 Minute Facial, however I find this a little more plumping. My skin looks so much healthier and vibrant after using this mask that I've already re-purchased a full-sized bottle.
Again, they do not harden on the skin or dry it out, they have more gel-like textures. The main ingredients in the 1 Minute Facial are Vitamin C and Coconut Alkanes. The main ingredients in the Radiance Renewal Mask are Citrus Fruit Extract and Glycerin.
Make sure you stay tuned for a mid-range edition of this and finally the budget version!
Have you tried any of these products? How did they work for you?